Three months’ salary paid for employees called to fight for their country in Ukraine. This is the decision taken by Tesla according to an email that the company would send to employees in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. The email comes nearly two weeks after Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and signed by Axel Tangen, Tesla’s director for Northern Europe. It is unclear whether the rule applies to Tesla employees around the world but the salaries for those returned home to enlist from Europe, the Middle East and Africa will be guaranteed until at least May. A clear stance in line with the recent anti-war (and Putin) statements by Tesla CEO Elon Musk.
In three months, the company expects to re-evaluate the evolution of the situation in Ukraine to decide what to do. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy had called his compatriots to fight in February shortly before the Russian invasion. In the email, Tesla employees were also praised for helping SpaceX, the aerospace company led by Musk, to bring the Starlink satellite internet service to Ukraine, according to Cnbc. A technological aid much appreciated by the Ukrainian government. A few days ago the Ukrainian Deputy Prime Minister Mykhailo Fedorov said he had received the second shipment of Starlink satellite terminals.